Speed weight loss (& more) with lemon in water

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At the moment my wife Sharon and I are mid way through The Gabriel Method Detox Program. We are at Day 5 and getting towards the end of the Pre-Cleanse stage of the program. We are both feeling really great and enjoying doing the process together.

One of the recommendations within the Detox is begin your day with a warm glass of and to add the juice of a . We have both done this before but to be honest I’ve never been too sure of the benefits of doing so. I’m figuring as a Naturopath this is something I should be all over so I did some research on the topic. Here’s what I found.

A glass of hot water and lemon first thing in the morning can benefit your body in numerous ways. It will help you lose and keep hydrated, improving your digestion and increasing your vitamin C intake. Lemon in water cleanses your palate on the way down. Once in your body, it helps to gently flush your kidneys and your liver of wastes and toxins. It also can help cleanse your lymphatic system, another body system that eliminates toxins.

Importantly for weight , this natural combination improves your body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Poor absorption of nutrients can cause you to feel hungry, even when you are not, tending you to choose poorly and snack on high sugar foods or over eat in general. A high sugar diet and over eating are primary causes for weight gain.

Also your body stores fat when you are dehydrated because your kidneys need help from your liver to function when your body is in this state. This will impact on your livers ability to burn fat. Water also is a natural appetite suppressant. Being dehydrated, in contrast, can cause feelings of hunger.

Lemons may help reduce cellulite because they stimulate blood flow to your skin and help your body flush out waste. Lemon also boosts your body’s ability to liberate energy from your body fat.

Lemon juice provides a high amount of Vitamin C. One lemon gives 30.7 mg vitamin C. The recommended daily amount is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. People who consume more vitamin C have more efficient digestive systems than people who don’t.

Lemon also increases acidity of your digestive system, which helps you better absorb calcium. Calcium absorption helps you lose weight as calcium is stored in fat cells. The more calcium in your fat cells, the easier it is to stimulate their burn. Vitamin C also boosts your immune system, helps prevent coronary heart disease, and lowers your risk for stroke, cataracts and gout. This antioxidant vitamin also may help lower risk when consumed via fresh fruits.

How to

I recommend combining the juice of half a lemon with 1 cup hot water. If you don’t want to squeeze your own lemons, you can substitute 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Make sure to use 100-percent organic lemon juice. If you want to boost the taste and rev your fat burning potential further, try adding a pinch of ground cinnamon and a pinch of ground ginger. It tastes great! Lemons will keep for up to 10 days at room temperature, so you can shop for them weekly. You also can store fresh lemon juice in an ice cube tray without losing any of its potency.

I got to tell you I’m very impressed with the philosophy of The Gabriel Method Detox so far. It is a very gentle and natural way of encouraging your body to detox. It’s not a ‘lose weight now’ approach but the focus is on encouraging and providing your body with the tools it needs to cleanse and renew.

I will keep you posted on our progress however if you’re interested in more detail on the program you can get it HERE

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